Oakwood elementary students, staff proud of scores

OAKWOOD – Oakwood Elementary School students and staff are cheering the school's latest standardized test scores.

After failing to make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law for two years in a row, last year's scores show the school met the tougher state learning standards in 2010.

Rankin fires its part-time police chief in 5-1 vote

RANKIN – The Rankin Village Board voted 5-1 Thursday night to fire the village's part-time police chief, Chris White, despite the threat of lawsuits from White's private attorney.

Teachers have fun celebrating Oakwood test scores

OAKWOOD – Oh, what some teachers won't do to get their students to do well on their high-stakes state testing.

Parkland student services open Saturday as make-up

CHAMPAIGN – The cashier's office at Parkland College will be open on a Saturday for the first time ever after a power outage wiped out the Friday business day.

With classes starting Monday, student services at Parkland College were not available all Friday because of the outage that began on Thursday night.

Champaign schools' FOIA denial draws review

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district has denied a request by The News-Gazette for a copy of a complaint made against Superintendent Arthur Culver, and the public access counselor of the Illinois attorney general's office is now reviewing that denial.

Tentative agreement in Mahomet-Seymour strike

Mahomet Citizen Editor

MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour school district and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative agreement, according to the union.

Mahomet-Seymour strike continues; talks set for 1 p.m.

MAHOMET Mahomet-Seymour teachers resumed picketing at 7 a.m. Friday at Middletown Early Childhood Center and Sangamon Elementary School in Mahomet. Negotiations will continue at 1 p.m. Friday at Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Power out at Parkland; students stay away; workers should call

CHAMPAIGN — A power outage at Parkland College has prompted the college to ask students not to report to campus today until further notice.

Parkland employees are being advised to call their supervisor to find out whether to come to work, said Patty Lehn, the college’s director of marketing and public relations.

GED classes filling up as more look for help in getting job

RANTOUL – Shevone Taylor, a GED instructor in Rantoul, said the Parkland Adult Education Department is seeing an increase in the number of people wanting to get their high school diploma after having dropped out of school.

Donations asked for garden to honor late P.E. teacher

CHAMPAIGN – Edison Middle School is hoping for more donations to help pay for a memorial garden at the school that honors a teacher.

The garden is a memorial to the late Curtis McKinney, a physical education teacher who died last spring from heart disease at 47. It was dedicated in May, just before the school year ended.